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Preorders open for the GLAS thermostat by Johnson Controls

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You can now preorder the Johnson Controls GLAS thermostat with built-in Microsoft Cortana voice capabilities. But be prepared: It’s got a price tag to match its unique look.  Each unit will set you back $319 and the GLAS is currently… Continue Reading…

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This guy founded Atari and Chuck E. Cheese. Now he’s making Alexa games

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    ‘Alexa, turn my shoes on.’   A genial old fellow on stage at the Alexa Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee smiles as the soles of his shoes begin to glow red. Later, he asks Amazon’s virtual assistant to make… Continue Reading…

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Black Friday 2018: The best deals so far

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Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to focus squarely on shopping. Black Friday is coming (Nov. 23, to be exact), but lots of stores have already announced their sales — and others have already started them. Below you’ll find… Continue Reading…

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June releases second-generation smart oven with food recognition

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The oven that can recognize and automatically cook your food now has a smarter, cheaper descendent.  The second generation of the June Intelligent Oven is available to order today (its creators will start to ship units out today, too). Like… Continue Reading…

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Black Friday 2018 Amazon deals: Sale starts now, Fire tablets tomorrow, Fire TV Sunday

Thinking about buying an Amazon Echo, Fire tablet, Fire TV, Kindle or pretty much any other device Amazon makes? Sit tight, because the Black Friday deals, they’re coming — soon. Indeed, Amazon is kicking off its device deals starting tomorrow,… Continue Reading…

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Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Assistant

Siri now has a dedicated smart speaker to call home, so it’s time to consider how Apple’s voice assistant compares to Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Let’s explore the obvious — as well as more nuanced — differences between these voice… Continue Reading…

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Otter Mickey Mount gives your Home Mini a mouse house

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I’m calling this thing the Mickey Mount, but you’ll find it online as the Otter Den Series for Google Home Mini featuring Disney Mickey Mouse. It didn’t get any airtime during the company’s keynote presentation at its Pixel 3 launch… Continue Reading…

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Can digital weights get you ripped? Tonal thinks so

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Every fitness guru will tell you that strength training is a big part of staying in shape. But weight rooms can be intimidating when you’re just starting out, which is why I’d rather take a toning class like pilates than… Continue Reading…

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Let the Roborock S50 sweep and mop your floors for $400 (save $170)

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  I recently remodeled my basement, and the resulting layer of dust and other detritus made it the perfect testing ground for the Roborock S50 — a robot vacuum that can also mop. It did a great job overall, which… Continue Reading…

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Facebook Portal now lets you play Words with Friends and zoom in on your victory dance

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The Facebook Portal smart display is padding its resume as you decide which smart display to buy this holiday. The $200 Portal and $350 Portal Plus stand out for their high quality video chat features, but in addition to the privacy concerns,… Continue Reading…